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March 7, 2022
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New York State Teachers Honored With Prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science

Two New York State educators received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today. The PAEMST recognizes exemplary teaching and leadership in science and mathematics education and is one of the most prestigious honors in the nation for teachers. Recipients join an elite group of award-winning educators who have a profound and positive influence on state and national STEM teaching. The White House recently announced the awardees.

“Every student deserves the opportunity to learn and thrive in mathematics and science so they may explore what interests them and succeed in school, career, and life,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said. “In our increasingly diverse state, we need exceptional teachers like Leslie Anson and Lynda Brannan who are unflagging in their dedication to all students and serve as mentors, lifting up the educators around them and providing a model for others to emulate.”

“Our teachers know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning and these award winners have implemented innovative, engaging ways to get young people excited about STEM,” said Commissioner Rosa. “These talented educators found the right formula to set ambitious goals, create space for exploration, and work with students to develop problem-solving strategies.”


The New York PAEMST awardees are:

PAEMST New York State Mathematics Awardee (K-6)
Awardee School District Location

Leslie Anson

Millbrook Middle School

Millbrook Central School District

Millbrook, NY

PAEMST New York State Mathematics Awardee (K-6)
Awardee School District Location

Lynda Brennan

Richard P. Connor Elementary School

Suffern Central School District

Suffern, NY


Awardees complete a rigorous application process that requires them to demonstrate their excellence in content knowledge, as well as effective use of instructional methods and assessments to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning. Awardees also serve as leaders in education outside the classroom.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Awardees receive a Presidential certificate, are convened in Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition and professional learning events and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).